What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Getting to a sufficient skill level which transforms 'walking around with planks of wood on your feet' to passing as a x-country skier by learning to 'diagonally glide' - which makes live so much easier. The whole experince was great - in terms of skiing in four different valleys, and staying in a tiny Austrian village - which meant you got a real feel for the culture of the place /country - and no q's for lifts / food at restaurants or general commercialism as with down-hilling - very relaxing  (and significantly cheaper too!!) We also were lucky to see some most amazing avalanches - facinating and very noisy

What did you think of your group leader?

Unfortunately our Leader was sick for the first two days, so we had a stand-in leader who wasn't so patient with ultimate beginners - but Bob came to our rescue and by the middle of the week we were all up (well most of the time) and skiing. Personally I thought the group was too big for one Leader, but Bob did manage us well - and managed to teach what became a mixed ability group by mid-week by offering something for everyone and ensuring we could all meet up for lunch.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

A visit or two to the gym in advance would be helpful, unless you're reasonably fit anyway and/or a regular walker in which case you should have no difficulties for the beginners holiday. You may also want to consider taking flip flops and a robe - as the very welcome and appointed sauna is in one of the accomodation blocks across from the main hotel - although no costumes necessary (which means you certainly get to know your fellow travellers quickly!).

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Thanks to all my fellow travellers, Bob and the Hotel - for making my birthday such a special occasson - I was truely spoilt by all - Thanks.